Cole: Players behind Hodgson

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Embattled Liverpool manager Roy Hodgson was given the backing of the dressing room from match-winner Joe Cole as speculation about the 63-year-old's future grows by the day.

Even a much-needed 2-1 win over Bolton did little to quieten the whispers which say the Englishman is living on borrowed time at Anfield. But Cole, who tapped home from close range in added time to snatch three points against Wanderers, insists the squad are doing their best to ease the pressure on Hodgson.

"We are all behind the manager. We all want to put this club in the right direction and keep working hard," he said.

"We are out there playing for the shirt and the manager. We have all got to stick together because there is no-one bigger than the club.

"I am really happy for everyone at the club; it has been a tough week for everyone - particularly the manager - but we've got the win.

"It is not just the newspapers, none of us like losing and getting criticised but half the battle of modern day football is dealing with pressure and kicking on.

"We are pleased for the fans, the owners and the manager but we have all got to stick together and kick on from here, it can't be a false dawn."

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